Practice skills of working with children who have experienced trauma

Date produced 19 November 2020

Trauma presentations in children are challenging for many professionals, often because the child is reluctant to receive professional care. It is imperative that a child is helped to feel comfortable and safe through the process. In this webinar, therapeutic theories of trauma care for children will underpin the panel’s discussion as they illustrate some of the challenges they have experienced in this area and the specific skills required to overcome these challenges.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe how to work with children who have experienced trauma in ways that help them to feel more comfortable and confident.
  • Illustrate some of the challenges in working with children who have experienced trauma and how these can be overcome.
  • Outline the questions and skills needed to help children explore the effects of practice.
  • Explore skills required when a child is a reluctant participant in therapy.


This webinar was co-produced by MHPN and Emerging Minds for the Emerging Minds: National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health (NWCCMH) project. The full suite of associated resources, including the audio recording, are available via the Emerging Minds website.



  • Ms. Kate Headley (NSW – Speech Pathologist)
  • Dr. Jacqueline Amos  (SA– Psychiatrist)
  • Mr. Chris Dolman (SA – Social worker)



Dr. Daniel Moss  (SA -  Workforce Development Manager)


Read more about the panellists here.

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This webinar was produced in November 2020. The Mental Health Professionals’ Network’s webinars are produced for mental health professionals. The information is intended for suitably-experienced mental health professionals and does not replace clinical judgement and decision making. It is intended for use as a guide of a general nature only and may or may not be relevant to particular patients or circumstances. The subject matter is not exhaustive of any mental health conditions presented. Health professionals implementing any recommendations contained in the webinar must exercise their own independent skill or judgement or seek appropriate professional advice relevant to their own particular circumstances when so doing. Any information presented in the webinar recording was deemed relevant at the time of the live event and after this date has not been reviewed. No guarantee can be given that the information is free from error or omission.

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